Rewriting the Story
December 22- Micah 5:2-5
v.2"But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel"
Have you experienced the power of God rewriting your story? Sometimes God grants us the grace to see new life come out of what was lost. The story of the little town of Bethlehem is a story of redemption for all Israel.
Bethlehem's original name name was Ephrathah. In Genesis 35, Jacob and his pregnant wife, Rachel, are journeying toward Ephrathah. God had just renamed him "Israel." On the way, Rachel went into hard labor. After the roadside birth of her son, Benjamin, Rachel died and Israel buried her on the way to Ephrathah (Genesis 35:19).
Twenty centuries later, another expectant couple traveled on the way to Ephrathah. This time, they would reach the town safely prior to Mary's labor. Her son was born and they named him Jesus, "for he will save his people from their sins."
In Genesis, "Israel" lost his wife and gained a son named Benjamin, "Son of my right hand." In the Gospels, Mary and Joseph gained a son who upon dying, rising and ascending into heaven would "sit at the right hand of God." From heaven, the Savior of Israel "stands and shepherds his flock in the strength of the Lord...he shall be their peace” (5:4-5).
"Where are you, Jesus?"
God of all people, you hold the whole world in your hands. Your hope extends from small towns to great nations. May your glory shine from the littlest places in our lives. Amen.